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Pistons vs Timberwolves NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Detroit Pistons at Minnesota Timberwolves
- Where: Minneapolis at Target Center
- Date: Saturday, December 31st
- Betting Odds MIN -7.5, DET +265 | MIN -339 O/U 231.5
So far, the Pistons have put together an overall record of 9-29, while going 18-19-1 vs the spread. Over the team’s past 3 games, Detroit has an overall record of 1-2, including going 1-2 against the spread.
Not only did the Pistons drop their last game to the Bulls. But they also picked up an ATS loss, as they fell by a score of 132-118 as 7 point underdogs. Detroit was not able to turn things around in the 2nd half, as they trailed the Bulls by 14 going into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Jaden Ivey, as he contributed 22 points while hitting 60.0% of his shots.
So far, the Timberwolves have put together an overall record of 16-20, while going 14-22-0 vs the spread. Today, the Timberwolves will be looking to snap a 5 game losing streak. The team has lost these games by an average of -6.0 points per contest.
Not only did the Timberwolves drop their last game to the Bucks. But they also picked up an ATS loss, as they fell by a score of 123-114 as 7 point underdogs. Minnesota let an opportunity for a win slip away as they held a lead going into the 2nd half of action. In the loss, Anthony Edwards led the team in scoring with 30 points on a field goal percentage of 50.0%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
In their 2 wins over the Pistons, the Timberwolves won by scores of 128-117 and 117-105. In last year’s head-to-head meetings, the Pistons averaged 111.0 points per game vs Minnesota, which was an increase over their season-long average. On the other side, the Timberwolves also experienced an uptick in scoring during head-to-head matchups, averaging 123.0 points per game vs Detroit. In terms of betting, Minnesota has an ATS record of 5-0 in the previous 5 matchups vs Detroit. This mark has come on an average scoring margin of +12 points per game in favor of the Timberwolves. Detroit and Minnesota averaged a combined 226 points per game in these games, leading to an over-under mark of 2-3.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
Through 38 games, Detroit is averaging 111.6 points per game (22nd). Coming into today’s game, the Pistons will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 11.8 made 3’s per game. One area of the team’s offense that has been effective is their ability to get to the free-throw line. So far, they are ranked 1st, with an average of 21.2 made free-throws per game.
On defense, the Pistons will look for some improved play, as they are currently the 22nd ranked unit in points allowed per game.
Power-Foward Bojan Bogdanovic currently leads the Pistons at 20.6 points per game. For the season, he is 71st in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 16.2% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Bogdanovic is averaging 3.6 boards and 2.5 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 11th ranked defense at defending power-fowards. Jaden Ivey enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 34 games, he is averaging 15.5 and is 251st in the league in player efficiency rating.
Minnesota will look to continue with their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 114.7 points per game (12th). Coming into today’s game, the Timberwolves will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 11.1 made 3’s per game. If the team is going to improve their scoring numbers, they will need to become more efficient with their shots as Minnesota is already one of the leaders in pace, averaging 101.6 possessions per game.
On defense, the Timberwolves will look for some improved play, as they are currently the 24th ranked unit in points allowed per game.
On offense, Anthony Edwards leads the Timberwolves in scoring at 23.7 points per game, placing him 23rd in the NBA. Overall, Edwards has hit 46.4% of his shots while accounting for 21.2% of the team’s looks from the field. In today’s game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 5th in points allowed to shooting guards. At 16.8 points per game, D’Angelo Russell is the 2nd leading scorer for the Timberwolves. For the season, he is 125th in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting a field goal percentage of 45.7%.
Pistons vs Timberwolves Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Timberwolves -7.5
- Free Total Prediction: Under 231.5